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Highlife music is evolving, it won’t die – UEW lecturer schools current artistes

Bnoskka lectured that guitar, horns and a bell pattern gives the real Highlife tune.

University of Education-Winneba Lecturer, Benjamin Oduro Arhin Jnr. known in entertainment circles as Bnoskka has schooled new crop of artistes on authentic Highlife music.

Explaining what constitutes authentic Highlife music, Bnoskka told Kojo Preko Dankwa guitar, horns and a bell pattern gives real Highlife tune.

According to him, Highlife music has gone through many experimentations with the blending of foreign electronic sounds, lyrics and non-computerized sounds.

Highlife is a music genre that originated in present-day Ghana early in the 20th century, during its history as a colony of the British Empire.

Musicians are doing Afrobeat yet they call it Highlife which is wrong.

If you do real authentic Highlife music, it stands out unique. If you do a burger Highlife with techno beats and all those things, it stands out unique and if you do a Hiplife and Afro-pop music, they stand out unique.

“Nigerians used our highlife music by changing the organ, guitar parts and renamed it ‘Juju’ music.

“We also blended the Adowa, Agbadza and Kpanlogo into our Highlife but it didn’t fit into the real authentic Highlife and we also renamed it Afrobeat. Highlife music is evolving.

“The rate at which people perform Highlife music is rather going down but Highlife music won’t die,” Bnoskka added

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Emmanuel Ghansah, Ghana Music

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